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Feed Store Owner
Night Show Rehearsals
Based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of New Yorker Dolly Levi, a matchmaker hired to arrange a marriage for half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, owner of Vandergelder's Hay and Feed Store.
A recent widow, Dolly comes to the conclusion that Vandergelder is her own perfect match. So when she arrives in the small town of Yonkers, she immediately plants seeds of doubt in Vandergelder's mind about Irene Molloy, the pretty young woman she has picked out for him. After Dolly and Vandergelder depart for New York, two of his employees, Cornelius and Barnaby, decide to take advantage of Vandergelder's absence. The young men sneak off for their first-ever peek at the big city. They want to experience everything-maybe even kiss a girl! Upon arriving in New York, the two have the misfortune of spotting Vandergelder on the street. Though Dolly and Irene attempt to hide the boys from Vandergelder, he quickly realizes, much to Dolly's delight, that his intended fiancée is hiding a roomful of men. Vandergelder storms out indignantly, which suits everyone just fine, for Cornelius is already smitten by Irene, and Irene has already admitted to her assistant, Minnie Fay, that she was about to accept Vandergelder's proposal only to escape the drudgeries of the hat shop. Dolly suggests the boys take Irene and Minnie Fay to dinner at the fashionable Harmonia Gardens to make amends for ruining the meeting with Vandergelder. When Vandergelder shows up at the same restaurant, mayhem erupts, and by the time the confusion is over, everything may just have worked itself out-even if it isn't the way one might have expected when the evening began! This year's musical features several popular songs, including "Before the Parade Passes By," "It Only Takes a Moment," and, of course, "Hello, Dolly!" The Orange City production stars Donna Muilenburg as Dolly and Tom Hydeen as Horace Vandergelder.
One of her clients is half-millionaire feed store owner Horace Vandergelder, played by Alan Kostyniuk, who is set in his ways and a demanding employer who won't even allow his two clerks, Cornelius Heckl (Shaun Sheplawy) and Barnaby Tucker (Ryan Clarke) an evening off once in a while.
Yes, yes, Dolly can find Horace some prospects, such as widowed milliner Irene Molloy (Diana Carter), who confesses a predilection for saucy hats to her assistant, Minnie Fay (Jen Withers), and heiress Ernestina Money (Naomi Gaertner), who may not be as rich or as elegant as Dolly claims. With Horace heading off to New York to meet Mrs. Molloy, the feed store clerks plan a little outing of their own, with just a little sabotage of the store involved in giving them a night off to take in the sights of New York, see the stuffed whale at the museum and (gasp!) maybe even kiss some girls!
Henry County News Digest
wealthy clients, hay and feed store owner Horace Vandergelder, into proposing marriage
to none other than herself. A few other love matches are arranaged along the way as millionaire Horace Vandergelder; Caitlin Lewellen as Irene Molloy, hat shop owner and neice Ermengarde; Jay Taylor as her struggling artist/fiancée Ambrose Kemper; Amanda Prevost as Ernestina Money, a rejected candidate for the future Mrs. Vandergelder; and
In this delightful comedy, Horace Vandergelder, a penny-pinching store owner, refuses to let his niece marry the poor artist she loves, although he himself plans to remarry.
Set in the late 1800s, The Matchmaker tells a comedic story of store owner Horace Vandergelder, who refuses to let his niece marry the poor artist she loves, although he himself plans to remarry.